Claudio PELLECCHIA Curriculum

Claudio Pellecchia obtained his doctorate degree (“summa cum laude”) in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Naples in 1984. Following three years as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Adolfo Zambelli, and several periods at the USX Chemical Research Center (Pittsburgh, USA) as a visiting scientist, he obtained a lecturership at the University of Salerno. In 1998 he was appointed Associate Professor and in 2001 Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He has founded and directed undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Environmental Science. He is currently Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biology and member of the Academic Senate of the University of Salerno.


His scientific interests include synthetic organometallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis. The main results of his group over the past few years concern the synthesis and characterization of novel Group 4 organometallic complexes, the study of their stoichiometric and catalytic reactions with olefins, the experimental investigation of the mechanism of steric control in the polymerization of a-olefins, conjugated dienes and styrene promoted by metallocene and “post-metallocene” catalysts.


Current research is focused on the design of novel catalyts for the synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible polymers from biorenewable sources, and the development of optical sensors, based on metal complexes or metalloproteins, for environmentally and/or biologically relevant molecules.


Prof. Pellecchia has published about 100 papers and he received several acknowledgements for his research activity, including the "Flavio Bonati" Prize granted by the Organometallic Division of the Italian Chemical Society (1994), and the Italian National Award in Industrial Chemistry "Per un Futuro Intelligente", granted by Federchimica (the Italian Association of Chemical Companies, 1997). He is included in the list “Top Italian Scientists” (most cited Italian scientists having h > 30, see: